West Ham United boss David Moyes will reportedly scour the likes of France and the Championship for signings this summer.
And the Hammers are interested in signing versatile Marseille defender-cum-midfielder Boubacar Kamara.
That’s according to an exclusive report from the Sunday Express during lockdown.
West Ham could certainly do with a player like Kamara.
Reported Hammers target Kamara ticks all the boxes for Moyes vision
The 20-year-old ticks all the boxes for Moyes’s vision of rebuilding West Ham around young, athletic players hungry to prove themselves in the Premier League.
Former West Ham flop Samir Nasri warned Kamara off joining the club where he had a brief foray last season.
Speaking to French publication Foot Mercato in the wake of the star’s West Ham links Nasri said Kamara should stay at Marseille for the sake of his development.
And it seems the player will take Nasri’s advice.
Warned off by Nasri, West Ham target ‘has no intention of leaving’
But the reports claim the player ‘has no intention of leaving the Ligue 1 club this summer’.
“Although there has been interest in his services…. and despite the fact that OM are facing financial difficulty, Kamara wants to be part of Andre Villas-Boas’s team for the 2020/21 as the club competes in the Champions’ League for the first time in seven years.”
The Hammers will undoubtedly be keen to strengthen their central defensive and central midfield departments this summer.
West Ham need defensive reinforcements
Winston Reid looks set to depart after being shipped out on loan to MLS.
Fabian Balbuena has failed to establish himself as a Premier League player and even young star Issa Diop has started to look shaky.
There is also an over-reliance on – and much uncertainty over the future of – skipper-in-waiting Declan Rice in central midfield.
As Moyes recently stated Rice is probably the club’s best central defender and their best midfielder.
It was hoped West Ham might be able to prise Kamara away from Marseille for a knockdown fee given their perilous financial state.
But the impact of the global health crisis on West Ham’s own finances might have put paid to a move for the highly-rated star anyway.